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November Update – Winter back in Cape Town?

After a few weeks of warm and enjoyable weather Cape Town is set to experience cold wintery conditions yet again, a series of cold fronts will bring rain to the Western Cape for the next 9 days, which is a long period even if it were winter- the odd part being that it’s now November.…

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Dust storm – Saudi Arabia

This is a quote from a report this past weekend by Aziz Al Saleh who lives in Kuwait. I had the pleasure of meeting this remarkable youngster here in South Africa last year. “As You might know that during the month’s of April and May the weather in the Gulf region is not stable.…

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Storm Chasing South Africa Revival
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Storm Chasing South Africa Revival

It’s been a while… Over a year in fact since my last article post, but… Storm Chasing South Africa is Back Back with a shiny new website too! I’ve been working hard at migrating the website over from Joomla to WordPress.…

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Cut-off Low Brings Weather Chaos Across Country

As discussed last week, a cut-off low developed over the country on the weekend and with it, has thus far brought fascinating and in some cases chaotic weather conditions with it to many parts of the country. By Sunday snowfall was already seen across much of the Drakensberg, setting the stage for further more intense snowfall overnight and into Monday the 25th, with the cut-off low developing from the upper trough.…

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Cutoff-low and heavy snow 24-26 Jul 2016
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Cutoff-low and heavy snow 24-26 Jul 2016

Numerous model runs have indicated the likely formation of a cutoff-low (COL) over the south-eastern parts of the country between Sun 24th and Tues 26th. All indications are that this system will produce heavy rainfall (> 100mm) in places, and extremely heavy snow (more than a meter) over the Drakensberg and surrounding peaks.…

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Satellite view of snow over Western Cape 2 Jul 2016
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Satellite view of snow over Western Cape 2 Jul 2016

This Morning’s Terra Modis satellite overpass (10.55am on Sat 2nd) gives an excellent view of the snow over the entire Western Cape (and surrounding areas). Falls were very heavy at higher elevations (above 1500m), but very light lower down. The number of mountain ranges with snow cover are too numerous to mention, but include (from N to S, then W to E): Cederberge (Citrusdal), Winterhoek (Tulbagh) and Gydo (Ceres), Brandwacht and Hex River (Worcester) and Matroosberg, Bains Kloof and Du Toits Peak (Paarl), Hottentots Holland and Wemmershoek (Franschhoek), Riviersonderend Mts (Robertson) and Langeberge (Swellendam), Klein and Groot Swartberge (Oudtshoorn), further inland is the Sutherland Plateau.…

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Snow charts 1-2 Jul 2016
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Snow charts 1-2 Jul 2016

This chart from http://www.snow-forecast.com shows the expected 3-day coverage during the passage of the cold-front period between 2am on Fri 1st to 8am on Sat 2nd. Precipitation will vary by location, from heavy (5-10cm+)  in the SW&S-Cape, to much lighter  (1-5cm) inland in the N-Cape, and eventually over parts of KZN.…

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